Eating foods that have vibrant colors is not only appealing, but often have the benefits of being rich in various essential and important nutrients.
Red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene, a nutrient best know for being associated with antioxidants and superfoods.
Red desserts, wine and spirits, while not superfoods, capture our attention and desire to indulge.
Find these red food items and more in your local Long Island grocery and specialty stores, as well as Farmers Markets.
Top 12 Red Foods and Drinks
- Tomato: Eat one every day! Tomatoes are a superfood!
- Sriracha Sauce (a hot sauce grocery staple)
- Red Meat such as beef or…
- Lamb (protein is good for you!)
- Kidney Beans– Bean dip, bean salad or perhaps chili are just some of the ways to add these delicious beans into your diet. Kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites)
- Strawberries– sweet and delicious. Strawberries are great frozen and blended into smoothies. Find local berries at your favorite Farmers Market.
- Raspberries– Store raspberries, unwashed in your refrigerator and eat as soon as possible. Add to your morning oatmeal or cream cheese for a delicious, sweet treat.
- Red peppers– sweet and delicious, red peppers are great roasted, baked, barbecued or eaten raw on their very own. Blend red peppers with olive oil and a pinch of salt for a 5 minute sauce.
- Red Velvet Cake (we all need a little cake in our lives). Did you know red velvet cake is really a chocolate cake in disguise?
- Lobster and Crawfish- A summer time favorite!
- Watermelon– Juicy and sweet, ripe, fresh, watermelon is a favorite with kids and adults alike. Watermelon cocktails are delicious as well as watermelon ices!
- Red Wine: while wine contains sugar and should be used in moderation, studies have stated that it isn’t the alcohol in the wine that provides a health benefit but the anti-oxidants, the red wine polyphenols, anthrocyanidins and resveratrol. Pair red wine with your favorite cheeses.
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